Benefits of Membership

Membership of the BSI offers a range of benefits in addition to the opportunity to interact and communicate with your scientific peers.

Member involvement is key to maintaining the Society as a dynamic organisation responsive to, and catering for, the needs of its members.

Some of the many benefits associated with membership are given below.

Grants and Bursaries

Travel Awards are available to assist members in attending scientific meetings or in order to visit laboratories for specific short-term activities - such as for collaborative research, or in order to learn new techniques. Maximum amounts available are £500 for travel within the UK, £700 for European travel, and £1000 for overseas travel outside Europe.

A range of other travel fellowships are also available throughout the year, so keep an eye on Immunology News and the website for updates. We will also consider applications for training grants - these will be made on a discretionary basis, please contact [email protected] for further details.


The Annual Congress is the Society's flagship event. Congress is an international meeting attracting over 200 speakers and more than 1,500 delegates, with more than 15 parallel sessions; every immunological interest is catered for. Members benefit from substantially reduced registration rates at the Congress. Members also benefit from reduced registration costs at meetings organised by the Society's network of Regional and Affinity Groups.

Immunology News

Immunology News, published four times a year, is the Society's newsletter and its voice, and is distributed free to all members. As well as serving as a noticeboard for the BSI and the immunological community as a whole - with society news, announcements of jobs, studentships, courses and forthcoming meetings - the newsletter also carries reports from scientific meetings and congresses; features about current topics of interest in Immunology; profiles of noted researchers within the field; as well as book reviews, and the opportunity to review the latest books.

BSI eNews

eNews is sent out to all members monthly, via email. It includes information about the Society, the latest content from the Society's journals Immunology and Clinical & Experimental Immunology, forthcoming meetings, jobs, as well as other relevant information which falls between deadlines for Immunology News.

The BSI Website

The BSI's website is a dynamic resource for both practitioners of Immunology and the wider public. It aims to reflect changes occurring within the discipline, as well as providing a content-rich source of invaluable background information about the roles, and contributions, of Immunology in the modern world. It is a valuable access point for information relating to education and careers in Immunology, jobs, membership, and all other Society activities; supporting the Society's other membership publications Immunology News and eNews. Members can use the website to advertise their posts vacant, meetings and courses and thereby access the Immunology community worldwide (this service is free to members).

The website is updated regularly, so why not add it to your list of favourites so you can be in constant touch with the world of Immunology?

The Society's Journals

The BSI publishes two primary research journals, Clinical & Experimental Immunology and Immunology. Members receive free online access to these journals, which can be accessed by logging in to the BSI website.

Monthly highlights from the journals are distributed to members via eNews and Immunology News. In order to receive the monthly table of contents members should register for e-alerts from the journals via Wiley Online Library.
NEW: We’re delighted to announce that members now receive a $1000 (33 %) discount when they choose to publish in Immunology or Clinical & Experimental Immunology via our open access route OnlineOpen. This discount can be obtained by entering your BSI membership number into the OnlineOpen form upon choosing either of our journals.

Members are entitled to a discount on all books published by Blackwell Publishing.

Other Journals

BSI members are entitled to a 30% discount off all Annual Reviews titles and a 20% discount of all Elsevier publications.

As a supporter society of the open access journal Immunity, Inflammation and Disease fully paid up members of the British Society for Immunology benefit from a 10% discount on the article publication charge for Immunity, Inflammation and Disease when they submit a paper directly to the journal.  The usual price for publishing in the new open access journal is $2,000 / £1,300 / €1,500. – members however pay just $1,800 / £1,134 / €1,350.

The Society Member Account code is available on the welcome page once logged in

Clinical Awards

The BSI is a registered nominating body for clinical awards in England and Wales through the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) and in Scotland through the Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards (SACDA). At the appropriate time each year, eligible members will be invited to forward their application for an award to the BSI. A committee of clinical members, who are themselves recipients of a clinical award, will consider applications and provide a supporting citation to the relevant body.

Education and Careers

The Society takes part in many education initiatives each year, for example the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Members are urged to take part in all of our science communication projects; please look out for details in Immunology News and the website.

We also offer members up-to-date education and careers advice through our literature, website, and at our Careers Workshop each year at the BSI Congress.

Regional and Affinity Groups

The Society's network of Regional Groups organise programmes of lectures, offering an opportunity to meet other immunologists working in your locality.
We also have a number of Affinity Groups. These provide a forum for immunologists working in a particular specialism. The Affinity Groups organise sessions and workshops at the Annual Congress, and regional meetings throughout the year to help you keep in touch with developments in your field.

Benefits through organisational membership

The BSI's affiliations and membership of other organisations provide BSI members with further benefits. Clinical members may wish to note the BSI is a member of FOCIS and therefore BSI members who are trainees, fellows or junior faculty may apply for FOCIS travel awards if attending the FOCIS annual meeting. BSI members also receive discounted registration fees for the FOCIS annual meeting. These and other opportunities are advertised to BSI members regularly.

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